Pellissippi State hosts 10th annual Festival of Cultures

Pellissippi State Community College’s popular Festival of Cultures celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and the community is invited.

Celebrate 10 years of the Festival of Cultures with Pellissippi State Community College from 4-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 7.

The Festival of Cultures honors East Tennessee’s and Pellissippi State’s diverse community and heritage. This year’s 10th annual celebration will include not only the popular “Taste of International Food” but performers as varied as bagpipers and belly dancers, traditional rangoli kolam (Indian folk art) and even an international fashion show.

The event is free and open to the community and will be held in the Goins Administration Building on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Pellissippi State alumni Rashmi Gomatom, Neelima Mertya and Niloo Ranjan will return to the college to create rangoli kolam, a type of Indian folk art that has been a popular staple at the Festival over the past ten years.

Entertainers include: Bella Wang classical Chinese dancers, bagpiper Kelly Shipe, Debka and the Oasis Dancers, Carlos Gonzales, Ogya World Music Band and Dancers, Tollkretsen Skandinavian Dancers, Natana Manohari School of Performing Arts Indian classical dancers, John Hausmann on the sitar and Pellissippi State’s own bluegrass band, the Hardin Valley Thunder.

Booths will allow attendees to try Asian calligraphy, hair braiding and Spanish conversation. Additional exhibits will showcase the cultures of Brazil, Congo, Eastern Europe, Haiti, Kenya, Spain, Romania, Vietnam and more.

New this year, the Festival of Cultures will culminate in an international fashion show coordinated by Pellissippi State’s international students.

The Festival of Cultures is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, cultural celebrations, lectures and fine arts exhibits. The event is co-sponsored by Student Life and Access and Diversity at Pellissippi State, as well as Bellevue University.

For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State Announcements: The Arts at Pellissippi State hosts student photography exhibit

 

Pellissippi State Community College will feature the talents of its photography students during the Annual Photography Student Exhibition Feb. 27-March 22. The free exhibit takes place in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Enjoy the broad range of photographic styles — and have a chance to meet the artists — at the opening reception from 3-6 p.m., Feb. 28. The exhibit is part of the Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series featuring music, theatre, international celebrations and the fine arts. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State Announcements: The Arts at Pellissippi State hosts concerts, lecture

 

Enjoy the musical talents of high school students from across East Tennessee at the Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra performance Feb. 16 at Pellissippi State Community College. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The concert is part of the Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual cultural series featuring music, theatre, international celebrations and the fine arts. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State Community College invites the community to hear Claude Hardy present “Good God, Claude! Introduction to Black Gospel” as part of the college’s Faculty Lecture Series. The free lecture is at 1 p.m., Feb. 21 in the Goins Building Auditorium, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The Faculty Lecture Series is part of the Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual cultural series featuring music, theatre, international celebrations and the fine arts. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Baby, it’s cold outside — but Pellissippi State Community College’s Winter Choral Concert will warm your heart. The free concert, featuring local high school choirs, begins at 7 p.m., Feb. 21 in the Clayton Performing Arts Center, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. The concert is part of the Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual cultural series featuring music, theatre, international celebrations and the fine arts. For more information, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

Pellissippi State features alumni artwork in upcoming exhibit

Brandon McBath and his works, including this piece entitled “Charles Edward Cheese’s,” will be part of the upcoming alumni art exhibit.

 

Pellissippi State Community College alumni will be the featured artists in an upcoming exhibit in the Bagwell Center for Media and Art Gallery, Feb. 6-24.

“Through the Open Door: The Alumni Arts Exhibition” will feature Sharon Bachleda, Will Evers, Pete Hoffecker, Brandon McBath, Jamie Schneider and Patty Tinsley and their works of ceramic, metalwork, video, painting, printmaking, drawing and mixed media.

The exhibit’s opening reception, from 3-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, will offer an opportunity to meet some of the artists.

The featured Pellissippi State alumni have gone on to study at four-year institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago; Watkins College of Art, Design and Film; Indiana University; University of Memphis and University of Tennessee.

Gallery hours for the free exhibit are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Bagwell Center for Media and Art is located on Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

“Through the Open Door” is part of The Arts at Pellissippi State, an annual arts series that includes music and theatre performances, cultural celebrations, lectures and fine arts exhibits.

For more information about The Arts at Pellissippi State, visit www.pstcc.edu/arts or call 865-694-6400. To request accommodations for a disability at this event, contact the executive director of Equity and Compliance at 865-539-7401 or accommodations@pstcc.edu.

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